I see nowadays many people offering rooms to let from their cortijos, etc and bundling this up with offers of guided hiking, mountain biking or horse riding etc. Whats’s the situation regarding licencing with this – do you need to register at the ayuntamiento / get a license / start a full-on company – or can you get away by simply keeping your head down and trousering the cash discretely (which strikes me as a bit difficult if you have a web site)?
If you don’t upset the neighbours, they’re unlikely to shop you. The council are unlikely to take much of an interest either, as long as you don’t do anything to annoy them of course. Their problem is that in most rustic areas this has been a long standing cottage industry, and forcing the landlords to comply with the EU safety rules and pay taxes will basically shut the industry down – meaning an end to any local tourism.
As a newcomer, however, your position is very delicate and I wouldn’t recommend anyone to start doing B&B if they NEED the income to maintain their property and standard of living. The other big risk is if a guest has a bad accident and sues you – if you weren’t complying with the safety regulations you will probably lose your house and possibly even end up in jail.
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